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Confidence (2003)

Released 2003 Rating 15 in UK
Director James Foley Writer/s Doug Jung
Starring Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz, Paul Giamatti, Luis Guzman, Dustin Hoffman, Andy Garcia, John Carroll Lynch, Morris Chestnut
Source of story An original screenplay
Elevator Pitch A group of confidence tricksters have a standard scam which usually involved people pretending to be shot, and as a result the abandoning of a large sum of money by “the mark”. But they accidentally pull the scam on an employee of a gang boss, resulting in a reprisal, and then an agreement to pull off a similar but more lucrative deal on one of the gang boss’s rivals.
Content A lot of discussion in darkened rooms, some time having fun in bars. Some female nudity in a nightclub. A certain amount of moderate (in film terms) violence.
A View This was moderately well liked by both the critics and the public. It was not too expensive and made a bit of money. For me it was a bit derivative, and actually for the scam to work the victims had to do what the tricksters wanted, rather than what they might have been predicted to do. If you have a couple of hours to spare there is much else you might choose.

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